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Springboard Design’s Maridon Museum featured in Huffington Post


Springboard Design was happy to see our client the Maridon Museum, which we designed, featured in Huffington Post’s article about “55 Best Lesser Known Art Museums, Artist Studios, and Art Centers in Northeast USA”.

“It’s a knockout museum worth a drive from anywhere”, writes Malerie Yolen-Cohen. “The Asian art collection at the Maridon is fascinating on many levels – the most elemental being its stunning beauty and fine craftsmanship.”

For the Maridon Museum (Butler, PA), Springboard Design developed the Building Program, Architectural Design, Construction Documents, Exhibition Design and Curatorial Consulting services for the museum.

The Maridon Museum was founded by Mrs. Mary Phillips in honor of her late husband, Don. The building is the museum’s first permanent home. Artworks date from prehistory to the present day, offering a unique perspective on the breadth of a personal collection and the development of Asian art and culture.

Architectural critic Patricia Lowry described the museum as “a gleaming little gem of a museum, a gift to the street, its city, and its region.”

The museum occupies an urban site in a developing cultural district. Originally two buildings occupied the site: a Victorian wood frame house was restored and a former automobile showroom was gutted; the expanded shell of the dealership forms the basis for the galleries while the house contains administrative spaces. Between and around these structures, new buildings create a single integrated museum environment that includes a glazed atrium and two-story education wing.



We invite you to visit the Maridon Museum in Butler, PA – and let us know if you do! To learn more about the Maridon Museum, you can visit their website or their Facebook page. To see more photos of this project, please visit our project directory.

Our friends at the Parrish Art Museum are also featured in the article, alongside some of our other favorite places including the Portland Museum of Art, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, MassMoCA, and the Maier Museum of Art.